Payroll Supervisor/Manager Careers

How to become payroll supervisor/manager


What does a payroll supervisor/manager do?

Payroll managers supervise the daily work of a payroll department or team, which is responsible for making sure all employees are paid correctly and on time. They can work for a company’s payroll or finance department, or for a bureau that provides payroll services for several smaller companies.

In smaller teams or companies, payroll managers may carry out general payroll administration duties with their team, such as:

  • calculating and issuing pay by cash, cheque or electronic transfer
  • making sure tax and national insurance payments are deducted correctly
  • calculating overtime, shift payments and pay increases
  • processing holiday, sick and maternity pay and expenses
  • liaising with personnel departments to issue P45 forms and pay staff who are leaving.

Their management responsibilities include supervising and training their team, helping to create payroll policies and procedures, advising on tax and pay legislation, managing computer software and systems, and interpreting and presenting financial data.


What's the working environment like for a payroll supervisor/manager?

Most payroll supervisors and managers work 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some flexibility or longer hours may be required at busy times. Part-time and temporary work is available.

The work is office-based.


What does it take to become a payroll supervisor/manager?

To be a payroll supervisor or manager you should:

  • be comfortable working with numbers, and have good IT skills
  • have supervisory skills
  • be able to deal with complex legislation and have an interest in business and finance
  • be a clear and logical thinker
  • have good verbal and written communication skills
  • be able to work in a team
  • have the ability to work to strict deadlines
  • be well-organised and pay attention to detail
  • be discreet and able to work with confidential information.

A qualification in payroll from the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals or the International Association of Bookkeepers will help you when entering this line of work. You will need up to five year's experience within payroll before moving into a management position. 


Payroll supervisor/manager career opportunities

Payroll staff are employed by every kind of company, particularly in larger organisations such as local authorities, retail chains, manufacturers, banks and health services. There are also payroll bureaux which look after the payrolls of a number of client companies.

There is usually a clearly-defined promotion structure from payroll administrator to supervisor and manager. Supervisors and managers might move to different types of organisation to develop a range of experience.


Further information

If you would like to find out more about becoming a payroll supervisor/manager that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Financial Services Skills Council
51 Gresham Street
Tel: 020 7216 7366

Institute of Payroll and Pensions Management (IPPM)
Shelly House
Farmhouse Way
West Midlands
B90 4EH
Tel: 0121 712 1000

Association of Accounting Technicians (ATT)
154 Clerkenwell Road
Tel: 020 7415 7500



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